Friday, January 22, 2010
ADL gives, and ADL takes away. This time Abe Foxman couldn't be more wrong, and his time and ire more misspent and misplaced than with his latest scurrilous attack on Rush Limbaugh: ADL: Rush Limbaugh Reaches New Low With 'Borderline Anti-Semitic' Remarks About Jews:
Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with his borderline anti-Semitic comments about Jews as bankers, their supposed influence on Wall Street, and how they vote.
Limbaugh's references to Jews and money in a discussion of Massachusetts politics were offensive and inappropriate. While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans. His notion that Jews vote based on their religion, rather than on their interests as Americans, plays into the hands of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
When he comes to understand why his words were so offensive and unacceptable, Limbaugh should apologize.
Press Release: "Martin Solomon calls Abe Foxman's comments borderline idiotic. Foxman jeopardizes ADL moral authority with misguided accusation." I haven't heard the audio itself, and that may be important, but Media Matters has the transcript:
LIMBAUGH: Scott Brown had a lot of success with independents, and that's -- that's what Jewish liberals like to call themselves when they're asked. They call themselves independents before they'll refer to themselves as -- as liberals. So if Jewish people who voted 78 percent for Obama -- which is far higher than any other group except African-Americans -- if Jewish people gave Obama 78 percent of their vote, what if they're experiencing buyer's remorse like all these people in Massachusetts did? Do you realize how important this could be? I don't think there's buyer's remorse yet in the black community -- that's still pretty strong.
LIMBAUGH: To some people, "banker" is code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He's assaulting bankers. He's assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there's -- if there's starting to be some buyer's remorse there?
OK. So...? This is an accusation that could only be aimed at a conservative. Someone on the left would get by this without raising an eyebrow. Give me a break.
Norman Podhoretz says, It's Not Rush Limbaugh Who Should Apologize, and calls Foxman's attack, "Vile."
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